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I have a dog with diabetes and she hasn't been eating

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I have a dog with diabetes and she hasn't been eating for a couple of days and has mild vomiting. She hasn't had her shot this morning because she hasn't eaten. Should I give her a shot or wait and see if she will eat in a little bit? She has only had diabetes for about 3 months. Also, how often should I buy a new bottle of insulin?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 6 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Bruce replied 6 months ago.
Ok. I'm going to say that this situation has me pretty concerned. If she's not been eating for a couple days and has had vomiting, then there is something going wrong with either her diabetes management or something else. She honestly should be re-evaluated here today your vet. They need to check her over and get to the bot***** *****ne of why she's vomiting. She may be getting ketotic from her diabetes. She may have pacreatitis. She may have some other metabolic or intestinal issue. As far as giving her the insulin at this time, I wouldn't feel that is a good idea as it has a strong chance of driving her blood glucose levels too low and that can be a very serious issue. It also most likely doesn't address why she's not eating or vomiting. With insulin bottles, a lot of times they are used for 3 months and then replaced with new ones for veterinary patients - unless they get left out of the refrigerator for a longer period of time.

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